Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Back Disorders Toolbox Talks

Back disorders such as muscle or ligament strain, bulging or ruptured disks, arthritis and osteoporosis, etc. are known as the "Top Ten" leading worksite injuries described by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Such disorders account for 27-30 per cent of all non-fatal minor or major injuries and illnesses including days away from tasks. Our back is a sophisticated and complicated piece of machinery establishment of various muscles, bones, nerves, and supporting tissues. It's a machine we use every day, probably in ways we don't even notice.

Just like a machine, our back requires proper care to keep it working. If it's not working right, we'll suffer. An injured back affects our ability to move our limbs, hips, neck, and head. Injuries to the back can be very disabled, causing severe pain, time away from work, and often needing physical therapy or even surgery. Everyone whose job includes stressful & heavy lifting or awkward postures is at high risk for back injury disorders. 

Here are some tips to keep our back in optimum condition:

Exercise also plays a vital role in keeping our back strong, healthy, and flexible. An appropriately exercised back is less likely to be damaged by back injuries. Our physician, company medical personnel, or another health-care provider can recommend the best exercises for us, taking into consideration our physical condition and the type of work we do. We should always be attentive to such critical situations that could lead to severe and serious back injuries. We should always be kind to our back. We should never take inappropriate chances. 

By following appropriate and essential lifting and reaching techniques, methods and exercising properly. 

When You Are Lifting:

  1. Don't bend over an object you are lifting. Bend your knees, squatting in front of the object to reach it.
  2. Lift the object slowly and carefully, using your leg and arm muscles to lift, not pulling with your back. 
  3. Keep your head up and look straight ahead while making the lift. 
  4. While lifting, keep the object as close to your body as possible.
  5. Keep abdominal muscles tight while making the lift.
  6. Use the same techniques when you put the object down. 
  7. If the object is too big or too heavy to lift using these techniques, use mechanical assistance or get someone else to help.

Key Points:

  • Keep your back straight and vertical while lifting.
  • Don’t twist as you lift.
  • Keep the load close to your body as you lift.
  • If a load is too heavy or cumbersome get someone to help you.

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